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Smithsonian Channel to launch in the UK with local originals

Smithsonian Channel is to launch in the UK with a string of local originals including a doc about British Marxist Tariq Ali and his relationship with Malcolm X. From 12 February British and Irish viewers will have access to the network’s range of non-fiction programming, including history, travel, air and space, science, nature and pop […]

Will 2019 mark the end of niche SVOD?

Media giants are closing their niche streamers to prepare for mega mainstream platforms, but will this mark the end of speciality services? Kaltrina Bylykbashi investigates The closure of Warner-owned streamers DramaFever and Filmstruck – which AT&T inherited in its takeover of Time Warner in 2018 – rocked the industry and its fans late last year. […]

MIPCOM: The Big Deals

With this week’s MIPCOM market coming to a close, TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes. Netflix The streaming giant picked up Keshet International’s When Heroes Fly, the first recipient of the Canneseries Best Series award, for global release in 2019. All ten episodes of the original Hebrew-language drama will be made available in […]

Blue Ant JV expands development & production division

Love Nature, a joint venture between Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, has appointed a range of development and production staff for its commissioning office in Washington, D.C. As part of the expansion, Alison Barrat has been appointed vice president of production and development and James Manfull to executive producer. Barrat, who arrived from Living […]

Love Nature goes live on Amazon Channels in Germany

Wildlife and nature video streaming service Love Nature has launched on Amazon Channels in Germany and Austria. The Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks joint venture service is now available, localised entirely in German, to Amazon Prime members in Germany and Austria for €3.99 a month. Love Nature said that viewers in these countries will […]

Love Nature hires ex-Warner Bros., MGM exec

Factual SVOD service Love Nature has hired a director of partnerships, Vince Petersen. Operating out of Love Nature’s London office, Petersen will focus on driving subscription growth in the SVOD space, and take the territory lead for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. He joins from TV technology company Netgem, where he was head of international […]

Love Nature HD preps first Asian launch

Love Nature is set to make its Asian debut later this month by launching in Singapore via operator StarHub TV. The deal, which was announced today at the Casbaa Convention in Macau, China, will see Love Nature become available in HD to StarHub’s pay TV customers on channel 416. “The introduction of Love Nature to […]

Warrior Women invades Smithsonian, Euro nets

US-based Smithsonian Networks and German pubcaster ZDF have signed on as coproducers of a new big-budget history drama-documentary about elite female soldiers. Warrior Women films this month in Malta, Kazakhstan, west Africa, the US, Italy, France, Turkey, Austria and the UK, and will be delivered in 4K, HD and UHD formats in June 2017. It […]

Plimsoll buys into Jackson’s Magnify

Entertainment and wildlife prodco Plimsoll Productions has taken a “substantial” minority stake in Andrea Jackson’s specialist distributor Magnify Media. The deal will see Magnify taking sole rights to distribute Plimsoll’s catalogue, and comes soon after Grant Mansfield’s Plimsoll revealed it was creating a distribution arm. Jackson (pictured), the former managing director of acquisitions and formats […]

New SVOD service plots two-year wildlife project

New 4K on-demand service Love Nature has partnered with UK factual indie Plimsoll Productions on a two-year natural history project that will yield 50 hours of original programming. Love Nature and its US counterpart, Smithsonian Earth, and Grant Mansfield’s Plimsoll will establish a production base in Africa, which will create wildlife and natural history under […]